8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 28, 2010 3:56 AM by carl wolf
rpeders32 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
How many years of normal use should your iMac last before you buy a new one? In other words, what's the iMac's average lifespan?

Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • mike_orkney Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    On average the lifespan is until the next model is released...

    Which is far more often than Microsoft release new versions of Windows OS!
  • Will : Hi ! Level 5 Level 5 (4,305 points)
    mike_orkney wrote:
    On average the lifespan is until the next model is released...


    Not sure what you mean by next model here. Or are you suggesting that Macs should last from 6 months to a year?
  • Rick Lang Level 4 Level 4 (1,230 points)
    This totally depends upon your unique requirements. If your current machine is still meeting your requirements, there’s no need to upgrade or replace it. Of course newer machines can cause one to desire them and you may want to replace it before you need to. If you have found you have different requirements since you purchased your machine, that’s completely understandable and an upgrade or replacement may be the best thing to do. For example, you have a camera that has a SD memory card greater than 32GB and now the iMac mid-2010 supports SDXC, you need to have it.

    If you are asking about lifespan in terms of when something breaks and the machine is not worth repairing, I am sure that varies from a few years to more than five years. Chances are your requirements will change or your desire for a new machine will get the better of you before the machine breaks.
  • Will : Hi ! Level 5 Level 5 (4,305 points)
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    mike_orkney wrote:
    On average the lifespan is until the next model is released...


    Not sure what you mean by next model here. Or are you suggesting that Macs should last from 6 months to a year?


    Hmm - sorry about that - it seems I misunderstood the original poster's question.
  • lenn5 Level 4 Level 4 (2,530 points)
    I'm still using my iMacCoreDuo 1.83GHz intel machine. I believe they came out in 2006 if I'm not mistaken. Still runs great! Handles iLife apps, Safari, Office, ect like a charm. Will use it until it won't run anymore. Those intel CoreDuo CPUs are great. Alot of life in them.

    lenn
  • Dan Fenner Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
    My G5 iMac is 5 and 1/2 years old. I upgraded the RAM and the hard drive, which cost me a couple of hundred. The computer is fine for the Web, e-mail, Facebook, even some sound editing programs, Garage Band... It's much too slow for iMovie and iDVD.

    If you're looking to upgrade, now might be a good time because today's updates included processor upgrades. The iMacs no longer have the Core 2, which was getting old. There have been speed bumps, but I think the Core 2 was about 4 years old already.

    One more thing: if you get Apple Care, they seem to think 3 years is the time frame.
  • generdude Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    My g5 iMac was purchased in May 2005. All I've needed to do is add more RAM and replace the hard drive which failed last year. The DVD plays but as of this year has not been able to record. Otherwise, the iMac is functioning fine, I can still do my work. Except that it can't handle one piece of software that I started using, but I have a newer laptop for that. I would be in the market for an iMac, but I tried someone else's in my space and it really won't work because of the glare screen. So I figure I'll be using this one for a while longer.
    hth:)
  • carl wolf Level 6 Level 6 (14,360 points)
    Design life = 10 years
    Economic life = 5 years